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Last Night In NYC: Lil’ Kim, Wale, LaQuan Smith, Jonathan Mannion Celebrate Moët & Chandon ‘Nectar of the Culture’

Last night in NYC (Oct. 22), Moët & Chandon joined forces with iconic cultural photographer, Jonathan Mannion, and renowned fashion designer, LaQuan Smith to launch its new Nectar of the Culture campaign, which celebrates the people, places and moments that continue to push our culture forward.

The exclusive launch drew a cross-section of creative luminaries, including Lil’ Kim, Wale, BJ The Chicago Kid, Mack Wilds, SFPL & iOne Digital‘s own Gabriel Williams and Danielle Herrington, who arrived wearing custom LaQuan Smith attire. These notables and more all gathered for a multi-course pairing dinner prepared by CLEO TV’s own, Celebrity Chef JJ Johnson.

A pillar within culture for over 25 years, Mannion is infamous for having documented “The Golden Era” of hip hop and is now capturing the next generation of pioneers, in what has been dubbed the “Rose Gold Era.”  Debuting with New York’s pioneer – Queens-born designer LaQuan Smith – Moët and Mannion will continue to celebrate various pioneers in key cities across the U.S including Atlanta, Miami, LA and Chicago.

Check out more photos below by Lewis Mirrett for Moët & Chandon.

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Last Night In NYC: Rémy Martin and Streetwear Designer, Don C Release “Just Rémy” Dopp kit at The Webster SOHO

Last Thursday evening, premium cognac brand Rémy Martin and world-renowned streetwear designer, Don C, debuted the latest piece of the capsule collection –the Dopp Kit. To celebrate the release of the newest piece, the brand and designer hosted an exclusive cocktail party at luxury multi-brand retailer The Webster SOHO.

Guests enjoyed Signature 1738 cocktails and passed bites while interacting with unveiled pieces of the collection and Don C who was conversing with attendees throughout the event. A childhood friend of Don C’s and fellow Chicago-native, DJ Happy, set the mood onsite, performing a live 2-hour set.

The “Just Rémy” Dopp Kit was designed with a luxurious twist, reinventing the traditional travel accessory into a bold fashion statement perfect for the daring jetsetter. Made of black lambskin leather with gold hardware and red python piping, the Dopp Kit also features a gold embroidered “Just Rémy” logo as its signifier. The Dopp Kit is available for purchase for $350 in a limited supply on JustDon.com and available for a limited time in-store at The Webster SOHO (29 Greene Street, New York, NY 10013)

The Collector’s Series is a program that celebrates the premium promise of Rémy Martin through the collaboration of leading lifestyle brands and designers who are at the crossroads of luxury and lifestyle. The “Just Remy” partnership, which is the first installment of the series, intertwines fashion, basketball and luxury to create signature pieces exemplary of the iconic Rémy Martin brand. With a focus on basketball culture, the collection presents premium basketball essentials that double as timeless lifestyle pieces that are essential beyond the court. 

For more information about “The Collector’s Series” and Rémy Martin, visit RemyCollectors.com and follow along on social media at: Instagram @RemyMartinUS | Twitter @RemyMartinUS | Facebook RemyMartinUSA

 

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Last Night In NYC: #ABSOLUTTRUTH Brings Back Golden Era of NYC Nightlife w/ Performance by Amanda Lepore

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To kick-off the weekend, Absolut Vodka hosted an exclusive “ONE NIGHT ONLY” event experience in NYC in celebration of its ABSOLUT TRUTH campaign, which aims to bring back the golden era of NYC’s nightlife scene.

Inspired by Studio 54, Limelight, The Tunnel and more – Absolut converted the Lower East Side club into a legendary nightlife venue from the city’s past. The event featured historic memorabilia, signature Absolut cocktails, and sounds by the renown NYC DJs STRETCH ARMSTRONG and JUS SKE. The experience also featured a SPECIAL SURPRISE PERFORMANCE by New York nightlife icon, AMANDA LEPORE – who performed a song and her signature cabaret act.

Notable guests included:

· Micahel Musto

· Zachary Levi

· Jordun Love

· Dee & Ricky

Landing in NYC upon the brand’s global launch in 1979, Absolut has authentic city roots by providing the premium vodka New Yorkers have consumed for nearly four decades. The Absolut Truth campaign tells the story of the brand’s rich New York City heritage with a content series that candidly express sentiments expressed by real New Yorkers. The advertisements included billboard postings, videos featuring eight NYC nightlife icons, and the Absolut Truth Experience – a traveling confessional booth designed to capture truths and testimonials from the city’s bar patrons. The New York-centric campaign culminated with the one night only #AbsolutTruth party at The Box in NYC.

The #AbsolutTruth campaign promotes self-expression, inclusivity and acceptance through a New York lens. For more information on the Absolut Truth campaign, visit absoluttruth.com and follow along on social media using the hashtag #AbsolutTruth.

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#GrammyWeekend: Toyota Hosts An Extravagant Grammy Dinner featuring Singer Ledisi & more

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During a star-studded weekend when major achievements in the music industry were celebrated on the biggest stage, Toyota spotlighted groundbreaking artists, Victory Boyd, and Grammy-nominated singer, Ledisi, during an evening of acoustic performances. Additionally, students from the Harlem School of the Arts, which classically trains young musicians on strings, piano, guitar and more, opened the night by performing popular songs from some of today’s hottest R&B and hip-hop artists.

“Toyota is a champion of new music discovery and we are dedicated to enabling people to find emerging artists”, says Mia Phillips, National Manager- Brand Marketing Strategy for Toyota. “From Victory being discovered in Central Park to the wonderful youth musicians from Harlem School of the Arts, you never know where the next superstar will be found, and hopefully, when they are, people will remember Toyota was the first to show love to that person.”

Joining Toyota on this unique musical journey was chef Danielle Saunders, the “hip-hop” chef who has created and curated cuisine for the who’s who of the music industry as well as visual artist, Max Sansing, whose work was recently featured at the Scope Art Fair during 2017 Miami Art Week. Sansing created a one-of-a-kind art piece, which celebrated the Toyota Music logo and platform. A behind-the-scenes video from Sansing’s creation can be seen on the Toyota Showcase Facebook page.

During the event, guests were introduced to Victory Boyd, an up-and-coming “soulful folk” singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist signed to Roc Nation. The Michigan native moved the crowd with a rousing rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky”, to which the crowd gave her a standing ovation. Following Boyd’s stirring performance, Ledisi sang a string of her hits, including” All The Way”, her Grammy-nominated song for Best Traditional R&B Performance.

“It’s so important for an artist like myself to be exposed to influencers and industry peers,” says Boyd. “It’s great that Toyota sees the significance of putting a spotlight on emerging artists by giving us a platform to share our music.”

Additionally, Toyota presented faculty from the Harlem School of the Arts with a $10,000 donation, to go towards the organization’s HSA Prep program. This highly-selective, pre-professional scholarship program, geared towards students ages 12 to 18 years old, focuses on advanced-level arts training in music, dance, theatre and visual arts. Nearly 100% of graduates from this program go on to attend prestigious colleges, universities and conservatories across the country.

“Toyota has long been a proud supporter of music education,” says Phillips. “From partnerships with VH1’s Save The Music to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, we are pleased to have the Harlem School of the Arts join the fold as one of the phenomenal organizations we support, further helping expand and spread the importance of music education to future generations.”

As a champion of new music discovery, this event is one of many Toyota produces across the country, in support of the brand’s Toyota Music platform. The Toyota Music platform shines a spotlight on emerging artists from various genres including hip-hop, R&B, and rock, to the masses.

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Last Night In NYC: ESSENCE’s 9th Annual Black Women in Music Honors Missy Elliott

The Lincoln Motor Company was the exclusive automotive sponsor for ESSENCE’s 9th Annual Black Women in Music event in New York City at the Highline Ballroom this past week. This year’s event celebrated GRAMMY® award-winning rapper, singer, and producer Missy Elliott. During the event, recording artists Rapsody and Leikeli47 performed amazing tributes to Missy performing her hit songs, “Hot Boyz” and “She’s a B****”. Media mogul Mona Scott Young presented Missy with the Visionary Award and introduced a surprise guest, the legendary Janet Jackson, who shared a heartfelt hand-written speech with the crowd.

Celebrity arrivals, including Naturi Naughton, Lil’ Mo and Beyonce’s stylist, Ty Hunter posed on the red carpet alongside the all-new Lincoln Navigator. The 2018 Navigator was just awarded prestigious “Truck of the Year” honors at the 2018 North American International Auto Show, the country’s largest, most influential auto show. Other celebrities in attendance included rapper T.I., Slick Rick, Remy Ma, Janelle Monae, MC Lyte, June Ambrose and Tracklib ambassador Erick Sermon, who attended the event with his daughter. Civil rights activists Tarana Burke and Kaia Burke were also in attendance.

Following Black Women in Music, Lincoln Motor Company held their exclusive Lincoln “First Listen” media dinner at The Dream Hotel in downtown, NYC. R&B star Marsha Ambrosius performed to a room full of esteemed journalists and executives including Jennifer Edwards, Multicultural Communications Manager at Ford and Lincoln and Raj Register, Head of Cross Brand Strategy and Growth Audience Communications at Ford and Lincoln.

Lincoln’s First Listen series featuring songstress and hit-writer Marsha Ambrosius, proves the brand remains committed to the arts. The series previews upcoming music from rising and established musicians from behind the wheel of a Lincoln vehicle through the Revel sound system.

Photos: Getty

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Last Night In NYC: JoJo Performs at Live@837 Fall Concert Series

Last Night In NYC, Samsung 837, the brand’s experiential flagship in New York’s Meatpacking District opened their doors for pop artist JoJo for the brand’s Live@837 Fall Concert Series with an intimate performance for fans and industry tastemakers.

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JoJo played new music from her new album, Mad Love and sat down for a Q&A with Buzzfeed’s Kristen Harris where they discussed all things music and beyond. During her interview, she offered words of advice and insight for guests.

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JoJo also performed top hits for the first time from her newly released album in front of fans at Club 837. Fans posed for a 360 photo with JoJo, mid-performance using Samsung’s 360 camera, which gives a full-range view for incredible moments as such. Immediately following her epic stage play, JoJo met with enthusiastic fans for photo-ops.

All summer-long 837 brought unprecedented access to the hottest musical acts with performances by Gwen Stefani and Diplo, St. Lucia, Capital Cities, Cold War Kids and more. The space has quickly become one of the hottest concert venues in NYC and it doesn’t even sell tickets. Samsung provides special access to unexpected moments, and with the design of the 837, everyone has a front row view.

Photo Credit: Matte/Samsung

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Last Night In NYC: Kola House hosts the Official Global Citizen After Party with Jason Derulo

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Recently, Kola House, a new restaurant and bar in NYC’s Meatpacking District, welcomed guests to the official after party for the Global Citizen Festival, in partnership with iHeartradio.

The special exclusive event featured a special performance by Jason Derulo – Jason performed hits such as “Ridin’ Solo,” “Talk Dirty to Me” and “Kiss the Sky.”

Guests enjoyed music throughout the night by a few DJ’s as they kept the crowd entertained, along with a full open bar of specialty cocktails, and drinks of partygoers choice.

Photo Credit: Donell Woodson

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#NYFW: Russell Westbrook Gives 5 Tips On How To Win Over Fashion Week

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“Watch me swag on ’em”

Russell Westbrook delivered his swag, full-throttle as street style photographers during New York Fashion Week took plenty of photos of the styled basketball star.

The 6-foot-3 NBA frontman is consistently one of the most visible stylish athletes on the front row every #NYFW season. While, not as busy on the courts with his fellow Oklahoma City Thunder teammates, Westbrook is busy taking over his role as guest fashion director of Barneys New York.

In the video, Russell gives his best stylish NYC survival tips on how to navigate the endless schedule of shows and parties. He mentions, multiple clothing changes, being on time for EVERY show, refueling throughout the day and more.

Check out the full video HERE.

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Remy Producer Series at Lavo: Jahlil Beats Tells Competitors: “Don’t Sample If You Want To Make Money”

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Monday night at Lavo Lounge NYC, Rémy Martin Presents The Producers Series: Season 2 wrapped its last qualifying event of the season—locking the sixth finalist for its September, New York City finale. Headlined by Platinum Producer Jahlil Beats; hosted by Power 105.1 The Breakfast Club Personality Charlamagne Tha God, featuring New York City’s Power 105.1’s DJ Rey-Mo, and hundreds of Producer Series fans lining the block to witness, the event proved why it’s Summer ‘16’s  most coveted invite.

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THE “TECH TALK”: Jahlil Beats, the Pennsylvania-native, Roc Nation producer who has hits with Jay Z, Rick Ross and Bobby Shmurda, sat down with Charlamagne for a 30-minute music “Tech Talk,” where he broke down a number of his most famous tracks, including Bobby Shmurda’s “Hot Ni**a.” Known for producing his music using Fruity Loops Studio, Jahlil explained to the up-and-coming producers why he doesn’t sample music in his beats, ‘I only made about 3 percent on Amen,’ so if you want to make money in this game, be original. Jahlil also talked about paying his niece publishing for recording his first “Jahlil Beats” drop and promising to send her to college, and premiered yet to be released music featuring Dave East, and Bobby Shmurda, to whom royalties will be paid to help with legal fees.

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Season 2 has also featured DJ Premiere, Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and Wyclef Jean.

 

THE COMPETITION: Every Season 2 qualifying round has outdone the one before. The sixth and final of the summer, went five rounds, outdoing last week’s Philadelphia qualifier’s four. The three producers, K9, Josh Lamont and Ovalord battled it out in the first round, elimination style; with Josh Lamont and Ovalord went toe-to-toe for four rounds: Josh Lamont ultimately being declared the sixth finalist. Also in attendance, checking out the competition for the finale were finalists Point 1, Real Precyse (from Boston) and Evan Brown; as well as Season 1 winner, producer Soultronik.

NEXT EVENT: The Rémy Martin Presents “The Producers Series: Season 2” finale will be held Sunday, September 11 in New York City.

“The Producers Series: Season 2” Finalists:

  • NewO Tha Kid – New York City, No. 1 Qualifier
  • Point 1 – New York City, No. 2 Qualifier
  • Real Precyse – Boston, No. 3 Qualifier
  • Evan Brown – New York City, , No. 4 Qualifier
  • D. H. The Composer – Philadelphia, No. 5 Qualifier
  • Josh Lamont – New York City, No. 6 Qualifier

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In Kanye News: Ye Announces Life Of Pablo Pop-Up Shop In NYC!

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Get ready NYC, Kanye West is about to unleash HAVOC on our streets! It was only a few days ago that Kanye updated his album by “fixing” one track and adding another and now Mr. West has announced a “Pablo” pop-up shop in New York City that is set to run from March 18-20.